Who We Are

Origin & Recent Evolution of the HEUG

Our long history of value-added support services to members, partners, vendors and to Oracle will only strengthen as we focus our resources, talents and energy toward the simplification of strategies and outcomes that demonstrate our flexibility and agility.

Mid to Late 90's

Beginnings of HEUG

Described in detail in the History section of the HEUG 2009 Annual Report, the organization we now know as HEUG traces its origins to the grass roots efforts of several dedicated individuals at the handful of higher education institutions that were the early adopters, beta partners, and charter institutions for PeopleSoft’s applications

1998-2000

First Conferences (HESIG)

The organization was originally known as HESIG (Higher Education Special Interest Group) and held three conferences under that name in Dallas, Texas from 1998 to 2000.

Product and Technical Advisory Groups

The Product Advisory Group (PAG) structure (along with various other committees, focus groups, and work groups) is another essential and extremely effective feature of the HEUG. In the words of former HEUG President Joe Moreau, “without the PAGs, the HEUG is just a handshake.” The number and composition of the PAGs and the TAG (Technical Advisory Group) have evolved over the years to reflect the changing landscape of products and technology. What has remained constant is the unparalleled effectiveness and dedication of the PAGs and TAG in advocating for the user community and in facilitating the sharing of information and advice among the membership.

2001

HEUG Incorporation

The HEUG was legally incorporated as a 501(c) (3) organization in 2001, firmly establishing itself as the official, independent voice for PeopleSoft’s higher education customers. One of the greatest values provided by this organization has been the opportunity to work collegially alongside other application users to share best practices in using and maintaining each institution’s systems.



2003

HEUG.Online

The HEUG contracted with a startup company called Socious for the design, implementation and maintenance of HEUG Online. This change consolidated the listserves (which were renamed Forums) into a single, homogeneous environment and provided archiving, search, and other useful features. To this day the Forums remain a central and very heavily used service of the HEUG, sharing a vast wealth of member knowledge and experience.

2004

Oracle's Acquisition of PeopleSoft

One of the most significant events in the HEUG’s history was the acquisition of PeopleSoft by Oracle Corporation in late 2004. The HEUG established the same type of strong, independent and productive relationship with Oracle as it had with PeopleSoft. Higher education institutions running Oracle’s E-Business Suite (EBS) were welcomed into the HEUG community, and representatives from those institutions were added to the HEUG Board and Product Advisory Groups (PAGs). The geographical scope of the HEUG has grown both because of the inclusion of EBS institutions and because of the increasing adoption of PeopleSoft products, especially Campus Solutions, throughout the world.

2006-10

Global Expansion

As Oracle’s North America market began to become somewhat saturated, they moved into selling their products more and more internationally. With this came the expansion of HEUG membership to include these international regions. The HEUG also began investing in regional conferences both in the US and internationally, eventually adding conferences in EMEA, Latin America, and Asia. The previously well organized Australia/New Zealand event became branded as the Alliance Down Under as well.

Membership Fees

Another significant event in the evolution of the HEUG was the decision to establish institutional membership fees. This decision was not undertaken lightly by the Board. Rather, it was deemed necessary in order to diversify the revenue base needed to support the organization. Until now, the HEUG has been funded almost entirely by revenue from the Alliance conference. The goal of the new business model is not only to ensure that the HEUG remains able to provide its members with the same high level of service, education, and advocacy that it has since its incorporation in 2001—but also to create the ability to provide many new services that were impeded by our dependence on conference revenue.

2011-16

New Opportunities for Volunteers

New Committees which started in 2013 continued to grow and organize themselves during 2014. Both the Volunteer Committee and Young Professionals Group were created in 2012. These exciting new groups brought greater opportunities for members to be engaged in the shape and direction of the HEUG as well as helping HEUG stay connected to the needs of the membership.

Evolving Advocacy

Another significant event in the evolution of the HEUG was the decision to establish institutional membership fees. This decision was not undertaken lightly by the Board. Rather, it was deemed necessary in order to diversify the revenue base needed to support the organization. Until now, the HEUG has been funded almost entirely by revenue from the Alliance conference. The goal of the new business model is not only to ensure that the HEUG remains able to provide its members with the same high level of service, education, and advocacy that it has since its incorporation in 2001—but also to create the ability to provide many new services that were impeded by our dependence on conference revenue.

The HEUG helps its member institutions around the world realize value through education and advocacy. Specifically, the HEUG serves as a mechanism for assisting its members with the selection, implementation and cost-effective use of Oracle and related software and services in support of higher education.

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HEUG helps your institution grow without limits by connecting members to a network rich with  industry-leading advocacy, programs, and events.

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